August 12, 2007
4 Tommy McDonald. He was of boundless energy and without a fear, that little spark plug with no face mask. Tommy McDonald wasn't defined by his size or his stature. It was his immeasurable heart that made him, a halfback turned wide receiver, one of the greatest Eagles of all time. No matter who delivered the blow - Ray Nitschke, Dick Butkus, Night Train Lane, or another locomotive from the day - McDonald always bounced back, regardless of how his body wanted to react. His toughness became his hallmark, and he laughed every time.
August 16, 1998 |
Along the parade route to the Football Hall of Fame early this month, Tommy McDonald figures he got out of his car to boogie down about 20 times - give or take a few. He danced alone, he danced with the ladies, he grabbed someone's hat and ran down the street. Basically, the man was on fire. And after a quick living room demonstration of his pelvic wiggling abilities, it was obvious that the 64-year-old former football star has got some moves. And that they go far beyond cutting across the middle to snag touchdown passes.
August 1, 1998 |
Nothing much ever came out of Roy, N.M., but prime ribs and Tommy McDonald. "Not many people got the guts to live out here," said Harold Porterfield, 88. "Tommy's got to be the most famous one - unless you count that little girl who played basketball here a few years ago. Led New Mexico's high schools in scoring. " McDonald, 64, the short-sleeved wide receiver who led the Eagles to their last NFL title in 1960, lived his first 15 years in Roy, then moved with the family 200 miles west to Albuquerque, where his father hoped the speedy, towheaded boy might land an athletic scholarship.
April 4, 2011 |
Eagles legend Tommy McDonald could use your help: His 1960 Eagles championship ring is missing. Exactly what happened to it is unclear. According to his wife Patty, it was last seen at the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for former Eagles teammate Joe Pagliei, held Jan. 30 at Il Fiore restaurant in Collingswood, N.J. A previous report indicated that McDonald realized the ring was missing a week ago and thinks he may have lost it at...
August 11, 2011 |
Jimmy Harris, the starting quarterback for much of Oklahoma's record 47-game winning streak in the 1950s, died of lung cancer Tuesday in Shreveport, La. The one-time Eagles defensive back was 76. Mr. Harris took over as Oklahoma's quarterback during the 1954 season and never lost a game, going 25-0 and leading the Sooners to national championships in 1955 and 1956. He is one of only six quarterbacks to lead a school to back-to-back national titles. Notre Dame's Johnny Lujack (1946-47)
April 6, 2006 |
Members of the 1960 Eagles championship team will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame tonight, along with former Phillie Del Ennis, former 76er Hal Greer, and baseball's Mr. October, Reggie Jackson. Basketball legends Bill Ellerbee and Jack Ramsay and, as a place of note, the Palestra also will be among the inductees in the hall's third annual ceremony, at the Sheraton Society Hill. Regular admission tickets are sold out, but "Fly With the Eagles" tickets are still available for $500 and include reserved seats with the members of the 1960 Eagles team that beat the Green Bay Packers, 17-13, at Franklin Field.
August 2, 1998 |
Tommy McDonald had waited a painfully long time to get here. Thirty years since he retired from the NFL. Twenty-five years since he became eligible. His father, who had been nearly as anxious, was dead. His mother, 88 and living in Albuquerque, N.M., was too ill to attend. So from the instant he got the news - at 2:38 p.m. on Jan. 24, in a phone call from San Diego - Tommy McDonald, the perpetually boyish Eagles flanker who is 64 now, decided he was going to enjoy his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
October 9, 1987 |
Another member of the Eagles' 1960 NFL championship team is gone. Bobby Walston, the Eagles' all-time leading scorer, died Wednesday morning in Elk Grove Village, Ill. The 58-year-old Walston suffered a heart attack, an Eagles' spokesman said. "They're slowly dwindling down," ex-teammate Tommy McDonald said last night. "That makes six (players) from the '60 team who have died: Norm Van Brocklin, Howard Keys, Jesse Richardson, John Nocera, Joe Robb, and now Bobby. " As a pass receiver and kicker, Walston scored 881 points from 1951 through '62. His 114 points in a season held up until Paul McFadden scored 116 three years ago. Walston, the 1951 NFL Rookie of the Year, still holds the club mark for most points in a game - 25, against Washington in 1954.
April 25, 1997 |
If you can take a change of pace, let's look at the fact that 13 wide receivers are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio. So what, you might ask, is so remarkable about that? Nothing, except that Tommy McDonald is not among them. That's more than remarkable. It's flat-out astonishing. The guy they used to call Mister Touchdown - because that was what flashed on the scoreboard once in every six times his stubby fingers touched a ball during his dozen seasons in the National Football League - is not a Hall of Famer!
January 26, 1998 |
Words written in black and white on disposable paper cannot possibly convey the emotion that Tommy McDonald was feeling Saturday. Hope and fear, those inseparable twins, gripped him. Twenty-four years after becoming eligible for selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this was turning into McDonald's best chance. He is arguably the greatest receiver in Eagles history, but recognition of that has been slow. He wondered if it would ever come. And so, he sat at home in King of Prussia while the 36-member selection committee voted here.